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STEVE MORSE On DEEP PURPLE: SIMON MCBRIDE 'Is Fitting Them Better Than I Was'

In July 2022, guitarist Steve Morse officially left DEEP PURPLE to care for his wife, Janine, who was battling cancer. He was replaced by Simon McBride. Morse's announcement came four months after the guitarist said that he would be taking a hiatus from the band, in the hope of rejoining his bandmat...
April 17, 2024
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Was LITA FORD Really Asked To Play Bass For LED ZEPPELIN? She Sets The Record Straight

In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, Lita Ford was asked about the time in the 1970s when she was supposedly approached by LED ZEPPELIN about possibly playing bass for the band. She said: "THE RUNAWAYS [Lita's then-band] were playing at Gazzarri's or The Starwood [in West Hollywood, Califo...
April 17, 2024
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JOURNEY's JONATHAN CAIN: 'We're Very Happy With ARNEL PINEDA'

In a new interview with Steve King of the 105.3 The Bone radio station, JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain spoke about the band's current working relationship with its longtime vocalist Arnel Pineda. Pineda was a bar and club singer working in Manila, Philippines in 2007 when he got an e-mail from JO...
April 17, 2024
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Watch SYSTEM OF A DOWN Rehearse 'Cigaro' For Appearance At SICK NEW WORLD Festival

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's John Dolmayan has uploaded drum-cam video of him and his bandmates rehearsing the song "Cigaro" off their album "Mezmerize" on April 16 for their upcoming appearance at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the clip below. Last November, SYSTEM OF A DOWN fron...
April 17, 2024
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UNDEROATH Announces 'They're Only Chasing Safety' 20th-Anniversary Tour

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their influential studio album "They're Only Chasing Safety", UNDEROATH has announced "20th Anniversary Tour", hitting Europe and U.S. this summer and fall. The band will perform the album in its entirety, followed by a unique fan-voted set every night. UNDEROATH...
April 16, 2024
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RUDOLF SCHENKER Explains Why SCORPIONS Decided Against Retiring After 2010 'Farewell' Tour

During an April 12 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker confirmed that there was no more talk of retirement within the band, as there was back in 2010 with what was purported to be a final album and a farewell tour that never quite took hold....
April 15, 2024
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Watch: SEPULTURA Kicks Off Latin American Leg Of Farewell Tour In Panama

Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA kicked off the Latin American leg of their farewell tour last Friday night (April 12) at Centro De Convenciones Vasco Nuñez De Balboa in Panama City, Panama. The show marked the band's first appearance in the country with new touring drummer Greyson Nekrutman (...
April 15, 2024
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TONY DOLAN Explains VENOM INC.'s Split With ABADDON, Says 'You Can Only Do So Much For Someone'

Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says that VENOM INC.'s split with Antony "Abaddon" Bray happened because the drummer "never came back" to the band after taking a leave of absence. In early 2018, VENOM INC. revealed that it was recruiting Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal group THE ABS...
April 14, 2024
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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: TEEMU MÄNTYSAARI Is The Guitarist 'I've Been Looking For For A Very Long Time'

In a new interview with Colombia's Alejandrosis, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine spoke about the recent departure of the band's longtime guitarist Kiko Loureiro and addition of his replacement, Teemu Mäntysaari. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I can tell you that Kiko leaving was...
April 13, 2024
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JAMES 'JY' YOUNG: STYX 'Probably Deserves To Be' In ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

In a new interview with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station WRIF, STYX guitarist and co-founder James "JY" Young was asked how he feels about the band's hypothetical induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, it's very East Coast-centric in...
April 12, 2024
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ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'In My Mind, I'm Still 16'

In a new interview with Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked how he feels about getting older. He responded: "That brings me to the point of [the ACCEPT song] 'Ravages Of Time' [from the band's upcoming album 'Humanoid']. That's why I wrote that song. When I...
April 12, 2024
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MESHUGGAH's TOMAS HAAKE: 'PANTERA Was An Important' Band 'Early For Us'

In a new interview with Drumtalk, the video magazine launched by German drummer and filmmaker Philipp Koch, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake spoke about how PANTERA's classic 1990s albums influenced his band's early sound. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "PANTERA was an important thing ea...
April 12, 2024
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SAXON's Founding Bassist STEVE DAWSON Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Abusing Six-Year-Old Girl In 1990s

According to BBC News, founding SAXON bassist Stephen "Steve" Dawson has been jailed for repeatedly abusing a six-year-old girl in the 1990s. The 72-year-old, who was a member of SAXON until 1985, when he was kicked out of the band, got the verdict at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on M...
April 12, 2024
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SLASH And CHRIS STAPLETON Cover FLEETWOOD MAC's 'Oh Well': Listen

Slash, the iconic, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter, will release his highly anticipated sixth solo album "Orgy Of The Damned", on May 17 via Gibson Records. A collection of 12 dynamic songs that shakes up and revitalizes blues classics with a stripped-down, instinctive approach, "Orgy Of The...
April 12, 2024
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Watch: SCORPIONS Kick Off 2024 'Love At First Sting Las Vegas' Residency

SCORPIONS kicked off their 2024 "Love At First Sting Las Vegas" residency last night (Thursday, April 11) at Planet Hollywood's Bakkt Theater. The legendary German rockers' 19-song setlist included eight of the nine songs (all but "As Soon As The Good Times Roll") from their iconic album "Love At Fi...
April 12, 2024